1982 in baseball

The following are the baseball events of the year 1982 throughout the world.

List of years in baseball

Champions

Major League Baseball

  League Championship Series World Series
                 
East Milwaukee Brewers 3  
West California Angels 2  
    AL Milwaukee Brewers 3
  NL St. Louis Cardinals 4
East St. Louis Cardinals 3
West Atlanta Braves 0  

Other champions

Awards and honors

MLB statistical leaders

  American League National League
Type Name Stat Name Stat
AVG Willie Wilson KCR .332 Al Oliver MON .331
HR Reggie Jackson CAL
Gorman Thomas MIL
39 Dave Kingman NYM 37
RBI Hal McRae KCR 133 Dale Murphy ATL 109
Wins LaMarr Hoyt CHW 22 Steve Carlton PHI 23
ERA Rick Sutcliffe CLE 2.96 Steve Rogers MON 2.40

Major league baseball final standings

American League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st Milwaukee Brewers 95   67 .586    –
2nd Baltimore Orioles 94   68 .580   1.0
3rd Boston Red Sox 89   73 .549   6.0
4th Detroit Tigers 83   79 .512 12.0
5th New York Yankees 79   83 .488 16.0
6th Cleveland Indians 78   84 .481 17.0
6th Toronto Blue Jays 78   84 .481 17.0
West Division
1st California Angels 93   69 .574    –
2nd Kansas City Royals 90   72 .556   3.0
3rd Chicago White Sox 87   75 .537   6.0
4th Seattle Mariners 76   86 .469 17.0
5th Oakland Athletics 68   94 .420 25,0
6th Texas Rangers 64   98 .395 29.0
7th Minnesota Twins 60 102 .370 33.0
National League
Rank Club Wins Losses Win %   GB
East Division
1st St. Louis Cardinals 92   70 .568    –
2nd Philadelphia Phillies 89   73 .549   3.0
3rd Montreal Expos 86   76 .531   6.0
4th Pittsburgh Pirates 84   78 .519   8.0
5th Chicago Cubs 73   89 .451 19.0
6th New York Mets 65   97 .401 27.0
West Division
1st Atlanta Braves 89   73 .549    –
2nd Los Angeles Dodgers 88   74 .543   1.0
3rd San Francisco Giants 87   75 .537   2.0
4th San Diego Padres 81   81 .500   8.0
5th Houston Astros 77   85 .475 12.0
6th Cincinnati Reds 61 101 .377 28.0

Events

January–April

May–August

  • May 6 – Gaylord Perry of the Seattle Mariners becomes the 15th pitcher with 300 career wins.
  • May 9
  • May 25 – In the third inning against the San Diego Padres, Ferguson Jenkins, playing for the Chicago Cubs, becomes the seventh pitcher to record 3,000 strikeouts. His victim is Garry Templeton of the Padres.
  • May 30 – Cal Ripken, Jr. starts at third base for the Baltimore Orioles against the Toronto Blue Jays. It is the first game of his record-breaking 2,632 consecutive games played streak. Coincidentally, tomorrow, May 31, will be the fifty-seventh anniversary of the start of Lou Gehrig's streak, which Ripken will break.
  • June 2 – The Milwaukee Brewers, 23–24 on the season and 7 games out of first place, fire Buck Rodgers as their manager. Harvey Kuenn replaces him and will guide the Brewers to victory in 20 of their next 27 games, the Brewers taking over first place on July 11. The team soon to be known as "Harvey's Wallbangers" will go on to win the American League East title and their only American League pennant.
  • June 6 – While crossing a street in Arlington, Texas, umpire Lou DiMuro is struck by a car; he dies early the next day. Major League Baseball later retires his uniform number 16.
  • June 20 – Pete Rose becomes only the fifth player in history to play in 3,000 Major League baseball games.
  • July 13 – At Montreal's Olympic Stadium, in the first All-Star Game held outside the United States, Cincinnati Reds shortstop Dave Concepción hits a two-run home run in the second inning to spark the National League to a 4–1 win over the American League. It's the NL's 11th straight victory and 19th in the last 20 contests. Concepción wins the MVP honors.
  • July 19 – Tony Gwynn of the San Diego Padres makes his Major League debut. His double and single will be the first two hits of the over 3,000 he will accumulate in his Hall of Fame career.
  • July 29 – The Atlanta Braves were in first place in the National League West, 9 games ahead of the San Diego Padres when owner Ted Turner decides to remove the elevated tipi of mascot Chief Noc-A-Homa from the stands to allow more seats to be sold for the Braves' run at the division title. The Braves, however, lose 19 of their next 21 games, falling into third place before the tipi is restored.
  • August 4 – Joel Youngblood of the New York Mets goes 1-for-2 off Ferguson Jenkins of the Chicago Cubs in a day game at Wrigley Field in Chicago. He is informed that he has been traded to the Montréal Expos, and leaves immediately for Philadelphia to meet the team there. He arrives in time to play, and enters the game in the sixth inning, getting a hit off Steve Carlton. He is the first player in Major League history to hit safely for two different teams on the same day.
  • August 7 - In the fourth inning of a game at Fenway Park between the Boston Red Sox and the Chicago White Sox, 4-year old Jonathan Keane is hit in the head with a foul line drive hit into the stands by Dave Stapleton. The hit causes Keane's skull to bleed profusely, and Jim Rice quickly enters the stands and carries Keane inside the dugout to the Red Sox trainer's room, where team doctors take over. Rice plays the remainder of the game with a blood-stained uniform. Keane, meanwhile, recovers at a nearby children's hospital and Rice and the team doctors are credited with saving his life.
  • August 8 – Rollie Fingers earns the 300th save of his career, becoming the first pitcher in history to achieve that mark. He saves a 3–2 win for the Milwaukee Brewers vs the Seattle Mariners in Seattle.
  • August 10 – For the first time this season, the Atlanta Braves are out of first place in the National League West. They lose to the San Francisco Giants 3-2 at Candlestick Park as the Giants' Milt May hits the game-winning home run off Al Hrabosky in the seventh inning; the loss is Atlanta's eighth consecutive and 12th in their last 13 games. Meanwhile, the Los Angeles Dodgers, who had trailed the Braves by 10 games less than two weeks earlier, defeat the Cincinnati Reds at Dodger Stadium 11-3 as Rick Monday and Steve Garvey both homer. The victory is the eighth consecutive and 12th in the last 13 games for the Dodgers, who had swept two four-game series from the Braves during this comeback—one at Atlanta–Fulton County Stadium at the beginning and another at Dodger Stadium (the first three coming in extra innings) just prior to the Cincinnati series. The Braves had been in first place since winning their first 12 games of the season.
  • August 23 – Even though he has made no secret that he occasionally employs the spitball, Gaylord Perry is ejected from a game versus the Boston Red Sox for throwing the illegal pitch—the only such ejection in his career.
  • August 27 – Rickey Henderson steals four bases, breaking the record he had shared with Lou Brock at 118 stolen bases for the season. He will steal eight more to end the season with a record of 130.

September–December

  • September 5 – Roy Smalley of the New York Yankees hits a pair of three-run home runs, one from each side of the plate, as New York beats the Kansas City Royals 18-7.
  • September 6 – Veteran first baseman Willie Stargell, whose jersey #8 is retired, is saluted by 38,000 fans on his day at Pittsburgh's Three Rivers Stadium. The 41-year-old slugger delivers a pinch single in the Pirates' 6–1 win over the Mets.
  • September 12 – Minnesota Twins pitcher Terry Felton takes the loss today, his thirteenth of the year against no wins. He'll not pitch for a decision again. Coupled with his 1980 record of 0-3, Felton's 0-16 major league career sets a futility record for the most losses without a big league win.
  • October 1 – Through seven innings, the New York Mets' Terry Leach and the Philadelphia Phillies' John Denny have each only given up one hit. Denny is lifted in the ninth for a pinch hitter, however, Leach remains in the game through the tenth inning without giving up a second hit. A sacrifice fly by Hubie Brooks in the tenth inning off Larry Anderson is the deciding factor in the Mets' 1–0 victory at Veterans Stadium.
  • October 3 –
    • At Baltimore's Memorial Stadium, The American League East Title was decided before an ABC television audience. Robin Yount hit two home runs and Don Sutton outdueled Jim Palmer as the Milwaukee Brewers beat the Baltimore Orioles 11-2 to capture the AL East Title. It was also to have been Earl Weaver's last game as an Orioles manager, but he would come out of retirement to manage the O's again from 1985 to 1986.
    • At San Francisco's Candlestick Park, a 3-run home run by Joe Morgan helped the San Francisco Giants beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 5-3 and knocked the Dodgers out of the postseason and the Atlanta Braves became NL West Champions.
  • October 6 – The Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals play four innings of Game 1 of the 1982 NLCS when rain halts play in the bottom of the fifth with the Cardinals batting, three outs away from being an official game, and the Braves ahead, 1-0. The rain does not subside and the game is called. The Cardinals would go on to sweep the Braves and reach the 1982 World Series.
  • October 10 – After being down 2–0 to the California Angels, the Milwaukee Brewers complete a three-game comeback, defeating the Angels 4-3 to capture their only American League Championship. Fred Lynn of the losing Angels is named the Most Valuable Player of the Series after going 11-for-18 with 5 RBI and 4 runs scored. On the same date, the St. Louis Cardinals defeated the Atlanta Braves 6-2, to capture their first National League championship in 14 years. Darrell Porter was the MVP of the NLCS with his five-for-nine effort, including three doubles.
  • October 12 –
    • The first game of the 1982 World Series features Paul Molitor setting a new World Series record with five hits (in five at bats), as he leads the Milwaukee Brewers to a 10–0 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals in St. Louis.
    • The Montreal Expos' Tim Raines enters treatment for drug abuse. Raines claims to have spent a fifth of his salary on cocaine when he stole a National League-leading 78 bases during the regular season, and says he started sliding head first to avoid breaking the vial of cocaine he kept in his back pocket.
  • October 17 – In Game 5 of the 1982 World Series, a 6-4 Brewers victory, Robin Yount powers the Brewers with four hits, including a home run and a double. Along with his four-hit effort in Game 1, Yount becomes the first player ever to have two four-hit games in a single World Series.
  • October 20 – The St. Louis Cardinals win the 1982 World Series over the Milwaukee Brewers in seven games. Catcher Darrell Porter is selected the Series MVP, making him the first player to be chosen as the MVP in both the LCS and World Series in the same season. This was the Cardinals' first World Series championship since 1967.
  • November 17 – Center fielder Dale Murphy wins the National League MVP Award, becoming the first Braves player to be so honored since Hank Aaron in 1957. Murphy hit .281 with 36 home runs, 109 RBI, 113 runs, and 23 stolen bases.
  • November 22 – Second baseman Steve Sax of the Los Angeles Dodgers is named National League Rookie of the Year, becoming the fourth consecutive player from the Dodgers to win the award. Sax hit .282 and stole 49 bases as the replacement for Davey Lopes in the Dodgers infield.
  • November 24 – Cal Ripken, Jr., who hit .264 with 28 home runs and 93 RBI as a shortstop and third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles, is named American League Rookie of the Year. Ripken, Jr. gets 24 of 28 first place votes, with the others going to Kent Hrbek of the Minnesota Twins.
  • December 16 – The New York Mets send Lloyd McClendon, Charlie Puleo and minor leaguer Jason Felice to the Cincinnati Reds to reacquire Tom Seaver.
  • December 21 - The dismantling of the long-time Los Angeles Dodgers infield continues as its most popular member, Steve Garvey, signs as a free agent with the San Diego Padres.

Births

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Deaths

  • January 6 – Wally Post, 52, right fielder, most notably with the Cincinnati Reds, known for his home run power.
  • January 15 – Red Smith, 76, sportswriter who won a Pulitzer Prize and was described by Ernest Hemingway as "the most important force in American sportswriting".
  • January 18 – Bob Addie, 71, sportswriter for Washington, D.C. newspapers for nearly 40 years who covered both Senators franchises.
  • January 18 – Johnny Tobin, 61, third baseman for the 1945 Boston Red Sox.
  • January 24 – Ben Shields, 78, pitcher who played from 1924 to 1931 for the Yankees, Red Sox and Phillies.
  • February 12 – Dale Alderson, 63, pitcher for the Chicago Cubs in the mid-1940s.
  • February 17 – Nestor Chylak, 59, American League umpire from 1954 to 1978 who worked in five World Series and six All-Star games.
  • April 9 – Francisco Barrios, 28, pitcher for the Chicago White Sox from 1974 to 1981.
  • May 9 – John Smith, 75, first baseman for the 1931 Boston Red Sox.
  • May 11 – Dave Malarcher, 87, infielder and manager in the Negro Leagues who led the Chicago American Giants to World Series titles in 1926–27 and the Indianapolis ABC's to a 1933 pennant.
  • May 17 – Dixie Walker, 71, five-time All-Star outfielder who batted .306 lifetime and gained his greatest popularity with the Dodgers; NL batting champion in 1944.
  • June 7 – Lou DiMuro, 51, AL umpire since 1963 who worked two World Series, three ALCS and four All-Star Games.
  • June 8 – Satchel Paige, 75, Hall of Fame pitcher in the Negro Leagues, mainly with the Kansas City Monarchs, who was black baseball's biggest star for much of his career; won 28 major league games after debuting at age 42; in 1971 became the second Negro Leaguer elected to Hall of Fame, behind Jackie Robinson who was elected in 1962.
  • June 27 – Eddie Morgan, 77, outfielder/first baseman for the St. Louis Cardinals and Brooklyn Dodgers, who hit a pinch-hit home run in his first major league at-bat.
  • July 6 – Indian Bob Johnson, 76, 8-time All-Star left fielder with the Philadelphia Athletics who had eight 100-RBI seasons and scored 100 runs six times.
  • July 14 – Jackie Jensen, 55, All-Star right fielder who starred for the Boston Red Sox, winning the AL's 1958 MVP award and leading the league in RBI three times, but retired at 34 due to an intense fear of flying.
  • July 20 – Grover Froese, 66, American League umpire.
  • July 22 – Lloyd Waner, 76, Hall of Fame center fielder who played in the Pittsburgh Pirates outfield next to his brother Paul; a career .316 hitter who led the NL in hits, runs and triples once each, his 1967 Hall election made them the first brothers to be inducted.
  • August 8 – Al Gould, 89, pitcher for two seasons with the Cleveland Indians, 1916–17.
  • August 20 – Hank Johnson, 76, pitcher for the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Athletics and Cincinnati Reds, who had several victorious seasons as a Yankee in the 1930s.
  • August 22 – Ebba St. Claire, 61, catcher for the Boston/Milwaukee Braves and NY Giants from 1951 to 1954.
  • September 5 – Tom Hurd, 58, pitched from 1954 through 1956 for the Boston Red Sox.
  • September 7 – Ken Boyer, 51, 7-time All-Star third baseman with the St. Louis Cardinals who won the NL's 1964 MVP award and five Gold Gloves; batted .300 five times and had eight 90-RBI seasons.
  • September 29 – Monty Stratton, 70, All-Star pitcher for the Chicago White Sox who attempted to make a baseball comeback after a hunting accident cost him a leg, inspiring an Oscar-winning movie.
  • October 26 – Bud Podbielan, 58, pitcher for the Brooklyn Dodgers, Cincinnati Reds and Cleveland Indians between 1949 and 1959.
  • November 3 – Ray Fisher, 95, pitcher for the Yankees and Reds who started Game 3 of the 1919 World Series; coached at Michigan for 38 years, winning the 1953 College World Series.
  • November 6 – Al Baker, 76, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox in the 1930s.
  • November 12 – Cass Michaels, 56, All-Star second baseman for the White Sox, Senators, Browns and Athletics whose career ended prematurely when he was hit by a pitch in the head in 1954.
1981–82 Cuban National Series

Vegueros, from Pinar del Río Province, won its second straight Cuban National Series title, nipping Citricultores, from Matanzas Province, for the second straight year.

In a rare switch, Havana's Metropolitanos finished well ahead of its rival, Industriales. The league was marred by a corruption scandal, which saw nearly 18 players suspended.

1982 Amateur World Series

The 1982 Amateur World Series (predecessor of the Baseball World Cup) was held in South Korea from September 4 to September 14.

1982 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting

Elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame for 1982 followed the system in place since 1978.

The Baseball Writers' Association of America (BBWAA) voted by mail to select from recent major league players and elected two, Hank Aaron and Frank Robinson.

The Veterans Committee met in closed sessions to consider older major league players as well as managers, umpires, executives, and figures from the Negro Leagues.

It selected Happy Chandler and Travis Jackson.

1982 Big League World Series

The 1982 Big League World Series took place from August 14–21 in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, United States. Puerto Rico defeated Venezuela in the championship game.

1982 Caribbean Series

After a year of absence, the twenty-fourth edition of Baseball's Caribbean Series (12th edition of the second stage) finally took place in 1982. It was held from February 4 through February 9 with the champions teams from Dominican Republic, Leones del Escogido; Mexico, Naranjeros de Hermosillo; Puerto Rico, Leones de Ponce and Venezuela, Leones del Caracas. The format consisted of 12 games, each team facing the other teams twice. The games were played at Héctor Espino Stadium in Hermosillo, Mexico, which boosted capacity to 16.000 seats.

1982 Eastern League season

The 1982 Eastern League season began on approximately April 1 and the regular season ended on approximately September 1.

The West Haven A's defeated the Lynn Sailors three games to zero to win the Eastern League Championship Series.

1982 Junior League World Series

The 1982 Junior League World Series (then known as the 13 year old Little League World Series) took place from August 17–21 in Taylor, Michigan, United States. Tampa, Florida defeated Libertyville, Illinois in the championship game.

1982 Little League World Series

The 1982 Little League World Series took place between August 24 and August 28 in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. The Kirkland National Little League of Kirkland, Washington, defeated the Puzih Little League of Chiayi County, Taiwan, in the championship game of the 36th Little League World Series.

The historic victory by Kirkland snapped the 31-game winning streak by Taiwanese teams and their streak of five consecutive titles. As of 2018, these streaks by Taiwan still stand, and have not been seriously approached by another country or U.S. state. Kirkland's championship is recounted in the ESPN 30 for 30 documentary, Little Big Men (season 1, episode 19), which originally aired in 2010.

1982 Nippon Professional Baseball season

The 1982 Nippon Professional Baseball season was the 33rd season of operation for the league.

1982 Senior League World Series

The 1982 Senior League World Series took place from August 16–21 in Gary, Indiana, United States. Santa Barbara, California defeated Orange Park, Florida in the championship game.

1982 Topps

This a list with brief descriptions of Topps trading card products for 1982. All sets listed are standard size (2½ × 3½ inches) unless noted.

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